Our niece is 10, and last year (or the year before?) I made her a few simple skirts. This year my mother-in-law asked me to make her a dress, so I sifted through patterns and together we landed on The Norah Dress. One of Hayley's testers made a Norah for a girl near Faith's age, and they really liked the combination of the stripes and layered sleeves.
Here's our version.
|Ha! It was raining when I took these, which is why the button's wet.|
Pattern: The Norah Dress by Mouse House Creations
Fabric: Knit from Joann's. The gray is a loose knit, and the stripe is extremely lightweight and thin.
- Added twill tape to the shoulders and neck seam to provide stability so the neckline didn't gape or stretch. (The button tab meant the neckline didn't have to stretch.)
- Added the striped sleeve to the long sleeve. I simply seamed them RST and then folded the gray over to create a mock double sleeve, topstitching the gray down. If I had it to do over, I would have gotten more fabric and actually made a full sleeve in the stripe and created a real double sleeve.
- Changed the order of construction to avoid set-in sleeves. Sewed side seams and sleeve seams all at once.
- Included lining side seams in shell side seams to avoid the knit fabric sticking and riding.
- I had a humongous sewing epiphany during this project. I've had a walking foot for years and never used it, but this time I tried it after reading Rae's tutorial on how to avoid wavy knit seams. They've been plaguing me, and I knew this rib knit would give me grief. Not so. The walking foot made it so, so easy. I will never sew knits again with a regular foot.
- The only thing I'd change if I had it to do over is the sleeves. I should've gotten more fabric. The sleeve hem isn't perfect.
- It fit Faith beautifully. She said it was comfortable, and it was absolutely adorable on her. It was one of the most gratifying sewing projects I've completed.